I'm not standing for DA Gauteng leadership - Mmusi Maimane

Mmusi Maimane
27 January 2012

National spokesperson and Joburg caucus leader explains his decision not to contest position


There has been much speculation about whether I will run for the provincial leadership of the Democratic Alliance in Gauteng.  I wish to make it clear that I have decided not to contest the provincial leadership at this time. 

I have been considering the question of whether to run or not for some time.  Gauteng is the next frontier for the DA, and we aim to win it in 2014.  To achieve that will take an enormous effort by the entire province - all of our members, our activists and indeed the people of Gauteng.

This also means we need strong DA caucuses in the metros and municipalities, holding the ANC to account for their failures, and presenting the people of Gauteng with a real alternative.  I am currently the leader of the DA in the Johannesburg Metro caucus, the second largest DA caucus in the country, and I must focus on strengthening that caucus so that it can also play its crucial part in winning the province.  Each of our public representatives should be challenged to diversify the DA's support base and grow the party in their areas.

My role as National Spokesperson of the DA is also vital in delivering the party's message and winning new voters.  I take both of these jobs very seriously, and need to devote myself fully to doing them both well.

I will pledge my full support to whoever is elected at the Provincial Congress, and I look forward to working with them in turning Gauteng for the DA.

Statement issued by Mmusi Maimane, Leader of the DA Caucus Johannesburg and National Spokesperson for the Democratic Alliance, January 27 2012

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So why did zille and mazibuko support your candidacy without confirming whether you will stand for leadership of gauteng?Or maybe they were wrongly quoted?These matters or speculations must be clarified otherwise it leaves an impression that top leaders . .more

by Motlana on January 29 2012, 18:09
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@Motlana ... Maybe you have become used to the ANC way of doing things...

deploying people in an autocratic and authoritarian way. Maybe it's just a simple matter of the DA making clear its preference and also allowing Maimane to make his choice.

Goog luck Mmusi, for 2012. Not that you need luck--you are . .more

by Honkey on January 30 2012, 07:05
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What a pleasure to see such a bright young man in politics.

We are so sick and tired of the old ANC dumbclucks and their militant stupid moronic youth league.

The ANC jus manages to break things quicker than one could ever hve imagined.

by Philamon on January 30 2012, 09:28
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DA ruin
Blacks will destroy the DA like the country. Mark my words.

by JVR on January 30 2012, 15:11
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Just a thought
Everyone whines and justifiably so, but what if the community got together and did things for ourselves, WOULD YOU BE ONE OF US? For now I would like to organise, with help ofcourse (wonky legs), a programme where one day a week residence spend an hour . .more

by Open Minded on January 30 2012, 17:50
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@Open Minded

What you describe is how it is supposed to work--taxes and levies ripple up into the public treasury. Then it is used to pay for sevices that benefit all. This is synergy. But in our case a lot of the money so collected is stolen and wasted--so you . .more

by Honkey on January 30 2012, 18:55
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Take your racist remarks elsewhere. This man Maimane is brilliant and only an asset to the DA, just like Mazibuko and many others.

by Chris on February 02 2012, 14:31
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@ Honkey
"And we are colorless--" et tu Honkey? Not yet surely? Maybe soon...but I'm not holding my breath...

by Mjava on February 07 2012, 10:19
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